So, you inherited this couch from your grandma and you just absolutely love it. Except it is made from the 1950 and the fabric is all worn.
Or you have this drapery from 10 years ago and part of it faded with the sun exposure and you need to replace part of it.
Or your guest just spilled red wine on your favorite chair that you upholstered from a fabric you found in the flea market years ago.
What is the best thing to do when the fabric you want is no longer available or discontinued?
The most honest answer, as lazy as it sounds, is: Look for another fabric.
We get a lot of calls here from our customers regarding discontinued fabrics, and people get really upset when being told that.
But the truth of the matter is, that is the only way to go.
Let us explain.
Just like everything in life, all fabrics have a shelf life. Mills drop patterns, manufacturers cease production. All the time. It will never get made again.
Sure, you can call around and see if someone might have an extra yard of two lying around, but that's like trying to find a needle in the haystacks. No one stocks anything anymore due to the rising cost of inventory, let alone stocking older patterns that they hope to sell one day.
The good news is it's relatively easy to find SIMILAR fabric. SIMILAR is the key word here. You won't be able to match it, but chances are you might find something like it, or even better.
The best way is to use Google Image search. Take a close up photo of your fabric and upload it to Google Image (take photo of only the fabric--not the whole room). Alternatively, if you have an existing image from the web, right-click and paste the URL in the image URL field.
Using a pattern from our site, you will see the result as shown below. Pretty impressive!
To get even a better match, after you upload the photo, right-click on the image to get the URL and go to our site for more detailed matches.
Then go to our fabric store, to the advanced search box and type:
like: xxxx (Paste the URL where the xxxx is).
You will see the following results. Even better, you can scroll down and search for more fabrics by color tones, by pattern and so on..
We hope you find this information useful. If we can be of help in any way, please use our live chat feature or drop us a line.